Books for cooks: The best food books for Christmas

If you’re searching for a last-minute stocking filler, here are nine of the best food books released this year. From family favourites to superfood suppers, there’s bound to be something to impress the foodie in your life.


A Bird in the Hand by Diana Henry — Chicken recipes for every day and every mood, from simple suppers to delicious twists on the traditional roast. We loved the pomegranate and honey-glazed chicken skewers and the final chapter, ‘remains of the day’ which has some wonderful ideas for leftover chicken.

Chinatown Kitchen by Lizzie Mabbot — Authentic Southeast Asian dishes and a few modern mash-ups from the food blogger known as Hollow Legs. Don’t miss the Xinjiang lamb skewers and her quirky udon carbonara.

Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul — A culinary tour of the Eastern Mediterranean with recipes from Greece, Turkey, Albania and beyond. It has everything you need to create the ultimate mezze feast.


Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver — It wouldn’t be Christmas without a new book from Jamie, and this one is full of flavour-packed recipes designed to make healthy eating easy, delicious and fun.

Honey & Co: The Baking Book by Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer — Bakers looking for a new challenge will love the savoury treats and sweet, spiced cakes and desserts from Middle Eastern eatery Honey & Co.

Tom’s Table by Tom Kerridge — The latest book from celeb chef Tom Kerridge is full of hearty meals the whole family will enjoy, from roast chicken and lamb ribs to popcorn bars and pecan tart.


Eat Like a Londoner by Tania Ballantine — This insider’s guide to the London food scene features more than 100 dining destinations handpicked by Time Out restaurant critic, Tania Ballantine. With chapters ranging from ‘Date Night’ to ‘Perfect Pitstops’, there are iconic restaurants and hidden gems to suit every occasion.

NOPI: The Cookbook by Ottolenghi — Ottolenghi fans will enjoy this collection of recipes from his Soho restaurant, NOPI, including signature dishes like twice-cooked baby chicken and Persian love rice.

My Street Food Kitchen by Jennifer Joyce — Promising ‘fast and easy flavours from around the world’, this book has 125 recipes for street food favourites like tacos, ceviche, souvlakia, dumplings and more.